Brave New World Essay
A society not believing in the presence of a higher power or in the existence of suffering is hard for anyone to imagine. In the book Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, the society, referred to as the “New World,” does not really have an actual form of god, and the World state has eliminated all forms of suffering “for the good of the people.” The society in Brave New World not only has no moral or ethical values, it does not allow people to be individuals. The inhabitances are always forced to be together. The lack of a higher power and assuring no single person suffers are the two main reasons why the New World’s society has become corrupted. Without these two elements in the society it cannot thrive on a functional level. The World State believes that there is no reason for society to have a god. In chapter 17 Mustapha Mond and the savage, John, have a deep, intellectual conversation about the New World and why it operates the way it does. Mond states to John, “… God isn’t compatible with machinery and scientific medicine and happiness.” Mustapha Mond is explaining to John that if there was a God, people would not be able to lead the extravagant lifestyle that they live. John disagrees with him completely and says, “It is natural to believe in a god when you’re alone… in the night, thinking about death.” John believes that people need to believe in god so when they are going through rough times they have someone to talk to. What John believes is correct; it is necessary for society to need a god. The World State has become fraudulent from all the “pleasures” individuals in society are given, and therefore society has no moral values. The World State also believes that suffering is not needed. John cannot grasp the fact that people can live life not having any turmoil or rage. Mond explains to him, “We flood the whole system with adrenin. It’s the complete physiological equivalent of fear and rage… without the inconveniences.” The World...
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